We developed two new catalytic transformations of anilines via oxidative addition of CeN bonds to ruthenium centers. One is ruthenium-catalyzed reductive deaminatoindeamination of N-alkylated oacylanilines. The other one is catalytic coupling of N-alkylated o-acylanilines with olefins giving orthoalkylated aromatic ketones via CeN bond cleavage. This reaction involves a ruthenium hydride species as an intermediate, formed after b-hydride elimination from the ruthenium amide species.
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